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Windows 7: Start Menu - Reset Pin To Area

Start Menu - Reset Pin To Area

How to Reset the Pin To Start Menu Area in Windows 7
Published by Brink
11 Dec 2008
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How to Reset the Pin To Start Menu Area in Windows 7

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This will show you how to reset your "Pin to Start Menu" area to remove all current pinned items in Windows 7.

This can be helpful if you cannot "Unpin from Start Menu" a item, or just wish to quickly clear all pinned items from the Start Menu "pin to" area.

EXAMPLE: Start Menu "Pin to" area reset and cleared
Start Menu - Reset Pin To Area-start_menu.jpg

Here's How:
1. Click on the Download buttom below to download the .bat file below, then run it.

2. If prompted, click on Run.
NOTE: If you like, you can stop getting the Run prompt by unblocking the downloaded .bat file.

3. You will now notice your screen flicker as explorer is restarted.

4. All pinned items in your Start Menu "Pin to" area will now be reset and cleared.
That's it,

11 Dec 2008   #1

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)

incredible you are good Brink...
i remember hypothezing with john on how to remove the SL's from the start menu but you go ahead and find out...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Dec 2008   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're welcome Darkassain.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Jan 2009   #3

Windows 7

Thank you very much for this, I hope they get this issue with not being able to remove explorer shortcuts from the start menu soon as I really need a quick way to get to the Downloads library.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

14 Jan 2009   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hi Sp4rkR4t,

You can do this for one:

1. Make your Personal folder in the Start Menu display as a Menu instead of a link.
2. Go to C:\Users\(user name)\Downloads.
3. Right click on Downloads and click on Include in Library and Create new library.

Now when you hover over your Personal (user) button on the right side of the Start Menu, you will see Downloads there for easy access.

Hope this helps,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Feb 2009   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

This worked a treat - see: Remove pinned start menu item

Note that you do not need to restart your computer - logging off and back on is sufficient.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Feb 2009   #6

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Thank you Dwarf. Updated. :)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Oct 2010   #7
Raen Yrtham

Windows XP Professional SP3, Windows 7 Ultimate x32, Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Yes I did at the time.

I ended up pinning the default start menu pin area items manually. It's not that much trouble.

At least the tutorial was good for one thing, it removed the highlighting for new installed programs in the start menu programs menu :)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Oct 2010   #8

64-bit Windows 10 Pro


I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted.

The Customize Start Menu settings is where you can turn the Highlight newly installed programs option on or off in case it comes back on for you.

Start Menu - Reset Pin To Area-start_menu.jpg

My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Jun 2013   #9
Gurn Blansten

win 8 64
Still relevant after all these years.

Thanks Brink!!
This helped made my explanation of why icons from Office 2007 were left behind in the '"User Pinned Start Menu" after an Office 2010 installation, and why we couldn't simply 'delete them', to a bunch of pointy headed bosses much easier for them to understand.
I would have never found that reg key.
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